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Reducing the risk of cereal yield losses from Fusarium crown rot

Key messages:

  • Four consecutive good seasons, along with stubble retention and tight cereal rotations have favoured a build-up of Fusarium crown rot in the Riverine Plains region
  • High levels of Fusarium crown rot can cause significant yield loss, so assess the risk now by sampling last years’ cereal stubble or by using Predicta®B DNA soil testing
  • Integrated management options will reduce the risk of yield loss from Fusarium crown rot and other root diseases
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The value of collecting accurate grain yield data

This week’s blog has been contributed by Riverine Plains Premier Partner, IK Caldwell AGnVET

Key messages

  • yield data and mapping can help grain growers understand factors driving profitability
  • accurate, ‘clean’ yield data is essential for making good decisions post-harvest
  • being prepared before harvest is critical to collecting more accurate yield data
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What is ISCC and what does it mean for farmers?

Key messages

  • The International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) is a global certification system that verifies sustainability principles for biobased food, feed and renewables.
  • ISCC certification is voluntary, however, growers can gain export advantages and access premium prices.
  • Participating farmers can be audited, so it’s important to be able to produce documentation that supports your declaration if required.
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Crop diseases to watch out for this spring

Key messages

  • monitor now for fungal diseases including stripe rust, septoria and sclerotinia
  • despite predictions for a drier-than-average spring, disease outbreaks could still occur 
  • rotate fungicide groups to reduce the risk of resistance developing and investigate the potential of new fungicide products
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